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How is the house important in Mansfield's "the Doll's House" 

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maxgurr | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM via web

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How is the house important in Mansfield's "the Doll's House" 

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iqratariq | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM (Answer #1)

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the house signifies the elite class. poor class is not even allowed to see the house.everyone finds the house so beautiful because everything in the house is artifical and decorated beautifully which shows the artificiality of the elite class. in the house only one thing is real that is "lamp" and is not deorated. so lamp is not praised by anybody except kezia. lamp shows the poor class and the place of poor class in high society. 

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM (Answer #2)

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The doll's house is a symbol of class division. It is so because it is a unique gift which is expensive, detailed, and mostly appreciated by those who can afford such a gift.

The importance lies on the fact that the Kelveys, as opposed to the other girls at the school, were specifically excluded from even coming close to the Burnell's household, even if it is to look at the house up close. This is because the Kelveys had no known father, their mother was a washer woman, and their poverty makes them ill fit in relation to the other girls.

When the Kelveys accept the invitation to see the doll's house, albeit reluctantly, they are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see something that only the fortunate can see. In fact, they get to experience a small part of the world as the Burnells know it. Hence, the importance is primarily that the doll's house represents the opportunity that the Kelvey girls had, for once in their lives, to aim at something higher than what they knew. Having had a glimpse of the ornamental lamp is a symbol of having an equal opportunity, even though such opportunity may never manifest itself again in the life of the poor girls.

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